Saturday Night Live wraps up its 42nd season this weekend, with an episode to be hosted by the ever-charismatic Baywatch star Dwayne Johnson, along with musical guest Katy Perry.
Ahead of the season finale, however, several of the show’s longest-serving cast-members have announced that they are bowing out and moving on to other things.
Vanessa Bayer, who has been on the show since 2010, has announced that she’ll be leaving – per reports in Deadline, her contract was up for renegotiation, and she’s decided not to renew.
Also departing is Bobby Moynihan, who joined the show as a featured player in 2008, and has been a staple of the cast for nine seasons.
Kenan Thompson remains the longest-serving cast-member on Saturday Night Live, making his debut in 2003 and sticking around for an incredible fourteen seasons and counting.
Bayer hasn’t yet announced her next move, although she’s been building a solid film career, with appearances in Trainwreck and last year’s Office Christmas Party.
Moynihan’s departure has been on the cards for a while, as it was known that he was jumping to NBC‘s rival network CBS for a new sitcom, Me, Myself & I, alongside veteran comic John Larroquette.
Each of the two stars racked up an impressive number of characters while on the show. Moynihan may be best remembered for his Drunk Uncle sketches, while Bayer’s best include Bar Mitzvah Boy Jacob and Rachel From ‘Friends‘:
No other casting changes have been announced as yet, but we wish these two all the best.
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